This book is the first in-depth look at the past 120 years of struggle over the Oglala Lakota land base on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. An unholy alliance between the federal government and regional economic interests has led to progressive disenfranchisement of the majority of the Oglala people, and to the development of an ethnically distinct class of Oglala who control the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation land base. The small group of so-called "mixed-blood" Oglala has come to control the grazing land on the reservation, and to exercise a disproportionate control of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Government. Conflicts growing out of that situation are central to understanding of the reservation situation.
"This work offers the fullest in-depth socioeconomic history of Pine Ridge published to date and makes a valuable contribution to the literature on 20th-century American Indian history. Its strength lies in the integration of oral history and the author's own interview material with the written record. Highly recommended for academic libraries at every level.."
-D.R. Parlks, Indiana University- Bloomington, for "CHOICE
"Paul Robertson brings to this book two strong credentials: meticulous archival research and two decades of experience living and teaching on the Pine Ridg Reservation. He documents more thoroughly than any previous author the processes and consequences of colonialism for the Oglalas and present s a convincing case for the total failure of the BIA even to attempt to fulfill its trust responsibilities.."
-Western Historical Quarterly
"Robertson documents more thoroughly than any previous author the processes and consequences of colonialism for the Oglalas, and presents a convincing case for the total failure of the BIA even to attempt to fulfill its trust responsibilities. The indictment of BIA policies and practices makes this volume a particularly valuable case study.."
-Raymond J. DeMallie, Indiana University
Series: Native Americans: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 10th January 2002
Publisher: GARLAND PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.85
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1